The Sharma family in San Francisco, 1983. Photo: Prithvi Sharma.
From the exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.
Masum Momaya: Before and After Beyond Bollywood
Thursday, April 24, 2014
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Working from the premise that an exhibition isn’t ‘finished’ when it opens to the public and that publics are collaborators, Smithsonian Curator and Curatorial Intensive Alumna Masum Momaya reflects on her curatorial practice, using Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation as a starting point. The exhibition––on view through August 15, 2015 at the National Museum of Natural History––explores the cultural, political, and professional contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in shaping U.S. history. For her Curatorial Hub talk, Momaya will discuss crowdsourcing and open calls for submission as cornerstones of her curatorial practice in a staid institution; training community members (some of whom contest exhibition narratives) to be docents; and condemning longstanding orientalism in museum legacy by leading public tours and through interactions with media.